I’ve been back home on the Faroe for a little more than a month and during september I got to do some birding every now and then. So how did september turn out?
Exactly 30 Yellow-browed Warblers have been reported (only two of which I didn’t see myself), so there has been a massive influx of the species. But numbers do not seem as high as in 2011, where I found 19 Yellow-browed in one day. But if places like Suðuroy, Svínoy and Sandoy were covered many more birds would have been found.
When it comes to rarities Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and the Osprey likely to be of american origin were the highlights.
Barred Warblers were very scarce in september with only 3 birds found. Other scarce birds include a few Whinchats and Common Rosefinches, 4 Gadwalls and a single Icterine Warbler.
The first 18 days of the month were dominated by westerly wind and only a few european migrants arrived. Later in the month more easterly winds occurred and numbers of migrants increased. The two most common warblers were Lesser Whitethroats and Willow Warblers, but Yellow-browed Warbler was almost as common as Willow Warbler in the end of the month.
A more massive arrival occurred on the 30th september with good numbers of warblers present in Viðareiði and on the 1st of october a Bluethroat was present in Árnafirði.
It is interesting (as always) to see how the Yellow-browed Warblers from mid september are bright and “typical” were as some of the birds arriving later tend to be darker or paler and calling with a call that is intermediate between Yellow-browed and Hume’s Warbler.
And of course there are always the Redpolls…